With the rise of states legalizing or looking to legalize marijuana, it is important to face the issue head on by looking at the realities of recreational use. This article gives a scientifically-sound account of the topic.
This collection of resources on marijuana is from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is organized as a series of questions, which makes it an excellent article to get students started with the facts about marijuana.
This video gives a good introduction to the cultural as well as medical stigma and realities of marijuana. It describes marijuana,even legalized marijuana, in the context similar to alcohol: as a substance to be taken seriously.
This is an excellent website that uses beautiful design and multimedia to present information about the new smoking trend "vaping". The site presents information on the research done by Boston University. I actually haven't used this article in my course yet because I just found the page, but I am excited to integrate it into my lessons.
This article gives a thorough account of the impacts and realities of smoking. When I use this as an online lesson I pair this article with the U.S. Surgeon General's 50 year summary to give students a strong foundation in the relations of smoking.
This article is a summary of the U.S. Surgeon General's research on the health consequences of smoking. Students likely have already been introduced to the health consequences of smoking, and this article is wonderful to give a very focused account of the research on smoking.
This is one article giving an in depth medical view of alcohol and teens as well as several links to additional resources. This website works well for a guided activity where students read to answer a series of questions, or it could work as the start for an inquiry learning or research activity.
This video gives a really engaging account of alcohol's impact on the teenage brain. I use this video as an introduction to the unit on legal drugs to give a scientific account of alcohol rather than focusing on the social or legal aspects of this topic.